​The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is proud to announce the fourth annual Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk. Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. Mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas for this year’s event!

Registration and sponsorship information is available at: Let’s Move, Kansas. Be sure and register by August 20 for the early bird rate!

Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and our platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact at Michelle Corkins or 316-721-9005 for more information.


Sign-up by Tuesday, July 10 to get involved with your organization – KAFP – by volunteering to serve on a committee.  Through committee involvement you can provide input about Academy activities. Click here to review the committees and submit your committee application. Appointed committee members help form policy recommendations to keep the organization at the forefront of family medicine on a variety of topics affecting the specialty.

If you have questions, please contact us at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005. Thank you for your interest!

NAMI Kansas

The FY 2019 budget recently signed into law by Governor Colyer includes authority for expenditures up to $350,000 for expansion of the tobacco cessation benefits in KanCare. Individuals covered by KanCare are now eligible to receive up to four rounds of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) each year with no lifetime caps as well as ongoing cessation counseling services. The budget provision replaces the previous limitation of one quit attempt per year and the limitation on counseling which had been reserved only for pregnant women.

This means that all individuals who are covered by KanCare and want help in quitting tobacco now have access to both NRT and counseling services, which together are considered a best practice for increasing the chances of long-term recovery from tobacco use. The budget language prohibits the state Medicaid agency or any MCO from imposing any prior authorization requirements for any of the covered tobacco cessation treatments.

Many hands were involved in achieving this milestone. Special appreciation is due to Senators Barbara Bollier and Vicki Schmidt and members of the Budget Conference Committee. Leadership in advocacy for the policy change was provided by Kimber Richter, PhD and Tami Gurley-Calvez PhD, both with KUMed, Tracy Russell with the American Heart Association and Hilary Gee with the American Cancer Society. Supporting testimony was provided by more than 14 organizations.

This policy change is effective on July 1, 2018 by the The Kansas Department of Health & Environment. Assurances have been offered by KDHE that these changes to cessation services will become a permanent part of the KanCare program. Partner organizations are moving ahead with plans to develop educational materials and a marketing campaign designed to drive utilization of these new benefits.  For more information about getting involved with efforts to promote the new program, contact Rick Cagan.


On June 20, the AAFP sent its comments to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in response to proposed rules on a nicotine standard for combustible cigarettes, on premium cigars, and on flavors in nicotine products. Read more about the AAFP’s response in the June 26 AAFP News article.

Use the Speak Out advocacy tool to add your voice to the public comments due July 16.  More information is also available on the AAFP’s position on Tobacco Use.


In July, Health is Primary highlights the importance of adolescent health. Great information to share with your patients – facts about what adolescents need to do to take care of their health now to prevent health complications later in life is in the July toolkit.. #MakeHealthPrimary #AdolescentHealthisPrimary




In observance of Independence Day, the KAFP will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Have a fun and safe holiday!


If you practice or live in Sedgwick County, don’t miss this great opportunity to hear candidates share their positions on health issues during a Meet the Candidates Health Forum on July 17. Please download this flyer, print and post in your office. Thank you for sharing with others!

2018 Sedgwick County Commissioner/Board of Health
Districts 1, 4 and 5 Forum on Health

Tuesday, July 17 | 5:30 – 700 p.m.

Venue 332 at the Scottish Rite
332 East 1st St., Wichita KS

KAFP is a proud sponsor of this event. Let’s pack the venue!


As of July 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has limited prescriptions for immediate release opioids to a seven-day supply for opioid naïve members. Opioid naïve is defined as a member who has not had a claim for any opioid prescription in the past 60 days. Read the official announcement.

The seven-day fill limit was chosen based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guideline that notes acute use of immediate release opioids for more than seven days should rarely be needed.

Other details of the program include:

  • Claims with a day supply of seven or less will pay without stopping.
  • Claims with a day supply above seven will stop (if no history of an opioid claim with a day supply within the past 60 days) and the pharmacy will receive a message stating prior authorization is required for a supply of more than seven days.
  • The pharmacy will have the option to rebill the claim limiting the prescription to a seven-day supply.
  • Claims meeting a 60-day look back will pay with no day supply limitation.
  • A new prescription may be needed for further fills.
  • Existing quantity limits will continue to apply.

KAFP is offering a Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session on September 14 in Dodge City.


Friday, September 14, 2018
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Register at KSA Group Learning.

Western Plains Medical Complex
Conference Room
3001 Avenue A
Dodge City, KS 67801

Following the KSA, attendees will:
• Complete the ABFM Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA) “Health Behavior” module
• Earn 8 CME AAFP credits

This Live activity, KAFP Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session, from 06/13/2018 – 11/30/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  8.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Register for the RISE Webinar on Wednesday, August 29 – featuring Terry “Lee” Mills, MD, FAAFP, who will present Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout, Building Resilient Practices and Careers. Sign up today!

Join us for the third KAFP RISE Webinar series, interact with Dr. Mills and learn about increasing your joy in practice, avoiding burnout and building a resilient practice and career.

This Live series activity, KAFP RISE Webinar Series, from 01/31/2018 – 10/24/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each webinar is approved for 0.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. KAFP will submit CME earned for members who participate in live webinars.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. Registration is required to receive log-in information.